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BGWAC is headed to Washington D.C the weekend of September 15-16, 2017 for their first conference MINT. MINT is a two-day conference filled with panels, workshops, vendors, an exhibition, stylized shoots, delicious food, cocktails, entertainment and much more. The focus of the conference is to celebrate, inform, collaborate and bring together women and men photographers and videographers of color to learn about key topics surrounding photography, videography and entrepreneurship from successful creatives and entrepreneurs across diverse platforms.

An honest talk on increasing diversity and the presence of people of color in the media and arts
Learn about building your clientele, retouching, sales, story telling, creating more streams of income, getting published, managing your finances and so much more!
8 Portfolio Building Experiences
Choose 2: Beauty, Fashion, Family & Kids, Wedding, Editorial, Video, Boudoir and Food Photography
Light Fare & Snacks
Treats to keep you going throughout the day!
Celebrating Art from those in the BGWAC Community + Honoring 2 Outstanding Creatives
Beverages & Adult Drinks
Beverages to keep you hydrated throughout the Conference and into The Exhibition
Enrich Your Knowledge, Create a Voice, Become the Visionary you always wanted to BE!
10 Epic Speakers, 10 Amazing Workshops!

BGWAC, LLC is passionate about giving back to the community especially those geared to empowering the youth, men and those in the arts. Our Founder spent time in Costa Rica and South Africa volunteering in orphanages and in townships prior to creating BGWAC because giving back became a way of life. That’s why it was important for the organization to continue to do so which is why we are delighted to give a portion of the proceeds from MINT to two incredible non-profits in which we have directly worked with in the past and will continue to in the future.
The key to living is giving! #BgwacGivesBack

Girls Going Global is a 5013c organization on a mission to expose girls in under served areas to the cultures of the world. We believe by creating global leadership and civic engagement experiences, girls will be better prepared to create change in their communities and the world.

Since 2012, Girls Going Global has piloted and implemented 3 global education programs including Passport To the World, Passport Scholarships, and our Summer Travel Camp and expanded our programming to Atlanta, GA.

The Black Man Can, Inc. is a Non for profit organization focused on Celebrating, Educating and Inspiring Boys and Men of Color.

Fathom Gallery | 1333 14th St NW Washington, D.C.
A breakdown of all the events the week of & the schedule for the conference.
Registration & Check-in
The check-in process begins sharply at 8 AM and we will need a government-issued form of ID in order to check you in. Upon arrival, if you are a GA will receive your TRACK number (there are two tracks throughout the day outlined below!).  Each track is jam packed with incredible speakers that will be dropping knowledge during the workshops.. 

You will get a designated schedule for your track as well as your badge signifying what track you're in. Once you are checked in, you will receive your Mint Con Swag Bag and you are free to mingle before we began!

Track One (The Explorer) Focuses on the individual who is still exploring their creative options, who may be new on the scene and needs to expand on their knowledge of how to run a legitimate business, techniques and tips, finding their niche, discovering their unique style, finding their ideal client, etc.  

Track Two (The Pioneer)
Focuses on the individual who has tons of experience under their belt and wants to take their career to the next level, they want to build a solid team, get their work published, create more streams of income and truly capitalize on their talents.

Friday, September 15, 2017

8:00am - 9:00am: Check-in

9:15am Introduction - Founder of BGWAC

9:30 - 10:30am

​​​​​​​10:30am - 12:15am: Workshops - Follow Path

12:15pm - 2:00pm:  Lunch Break/Vendors

Lunch w/ VIPs/Speakers/ Special Guests

Portfolio Building Experiences
2:30pm - 5:30pm
4 Different Styled Shoots

Saturday, September 16, 2017

8:00am - 8:45am: Check-in

9:00am - 10:00pm: Panel Discussion
(Diversity in the Arts) + Q&A

10:00am - 12:00pm: Workshops - Follow Path

12:00pm - 2:00pm: Break/Vendors/Food

Lunch w/ VIPs, Speakers & Special Guests

Portfolio Building Experience
2:30pm - 5:30pm
4 Different Styled Shoots

6:00pm - 10:00pm - Photography Exhibition
MINT: The Creatives' Conference